Published by the Job Pingree Family Organization (1983). BRAND NEW 1st Edition Hardcover Book! The binding is tight and all pages within are bright white with no writing, underlining, high-lighting, rips, tears, bends, or folds.
The covers look perfect, as can be seen in my photos. You will be happy with this one! Always handled carefully and packaged securely! Descendants of Job Pingree compiled his life story and indexed his "Pingree legacy"....
This is a very nicely done personal history! I've just took a two hours break while writing up this description! You will definitely want this book in your library if you have this man in your family line.
JOB PINGREE (21 Nov 1837 - 2 May 1928). Job Pingree, born November 21st 1837 in the parish of Acton Beauchamp Worchestershire England, being the son of Job Pingree and Charlotte Tarrant. These words are the beginning of Job Pingree's autobiography, which he wrote at age 88, and the beginning of the Pingree Legacy as we know it.
My father had a small farm and a grist mill which he ran for his living, he died in the year of 1843 at the age of 50 years, leaving me fatherless at 6 years old. My mother some time after was married to Samuel Banford and by him she had 6 children, when he died in the year 1855 leaving me to take care of the place and grist mill at the age of about 18 years. On our place was house, 6 rooms, stable, barn sheds, dicer mill, cellar, oven to bake bread, pig pens, cow pen, orchards, apples, pears, cherries and a lot of garden fruit currants, gooseberries and other fruit.Also we kept on the place horses and cows, ducks and chickens and pigs. We had a hopyard and a killn to dry them ready for market after they were tramped solid in large sacks. We made yearly several hundred gallons of cider and perry, which was the common drink at meals and for men at work which was the common drink in that part of England. Charlotte Pingree married Samuel Banford in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England--a city some 50 miles distant from action Beauchamp. Charlotte had hired Sam Banford to operate the mill for her after her husband Job died. Was Charlotte visiting relatives at the time of the marriage of did she and Sam travel to Birmingham just for the occasion? For the meal that has absorbed dampness of the millsite, and has absorbed dampness of the millsite, and has been ground under the slow turning of old stones, produces exceptional corn bread. When meal comes to you that way, like the heated underside of a settin' hen, it bakes bread that makes city white bread taste like cardboard. Acton mill was an important part of the local economy and had been for several generations. Just how many of those generations, the Pingree family operated the mill is unclear. The other parishioners petitioned for an order to compel him to do so. By 1650, the mill was also used as a fulling mill to process the wool produced in abundance in western Worcestershire.
Roads and bridges led to the mill. Thus, the mill was the center of the local commerce; here the farmers brought their grain to be ground into flour and meal. Here they brought their apples, pears, and cherries to be pressed into wine. Here they brought their salt to be ground into fine crystals for cooking and table use. And here they even brought their guns for barrel grinding and gun powder during the Napoleonic wars.As the miller, Job Pingree was the guardian of the principal assets of the farmers of Acton Beauchamp. He was the one who stored these assets and paid the debts of each farmer by receipt to those holding claims against the assets.
The head of the house is called the breadwinner. The miller usually served as the middleman, or the banker as we call him today. Job Pingree's income came from tolls for grinding the meal and for storage of produce. The toll was pro-rated for each kind of produce--three quarts per bushel for grain, on quart for malt, and one pint for meal. A dishonest miller could become wealthy from taking more grain than he was allowed.
There was a local tradition that a miller without hair on his arms could never be an honest miller for no evidence--grain dust--would cling to him if he pilfered flour. Such a miller would always be mistrusted. Acton mill had an undershot wheel--the water flowed under the wheel. This is the least efficient in terms of power generation, about 30% output, but it is the cheapest to build, and the most practical to use in most flat locations in England.The undershot wheel could operate on a fast flowing stream, created and maintained year-round regardless of weather conditions by means of a natural or man-made dam and mill pond. The dam was constructed so the water fell three to nine feet to the millrace, thus moving it fast enough to power the wheel. The mill pond stored water even in dry spells. The original wooden water wheel was replaced in the eighteenth century by the metal wheel and later a boost was given by adding a turbine engine operated in the nearby engine house.
These modern sources of supplementary power still operate the same ancient machinery of grindstone and conveyors which were originaly powered by the wooden wheel with its hand-cut cogs. From the revolving axle of the wheel, power passed to the millstones by an ingenious system of interlocking metal cogs. The water wheel turns the upper millstone on top of the lower one, grinding the meal which is fed into the hopper between them. The millstones were carved with patterned furrows called "dresses, " to allow air to cool the stone from the friction of the grinding process and to allow the flour or meal to move along conveyors into sacks. The bottom stone was set stationary and the top stone revolved in perfect balance above it.The stones were adjusted slightly or changed for each kind of grain: corn, rye, wheat. They had to be perfectly balanced and could not touch each other.
Improperly balanced stones would ruin the flour, could damage the stones themselves, and could cause a fire. The grooves or furrows tear the husk from the kernel and the flat areas or "land" grind the kernels into flour. Stones varied in size from four to six feet in diameter and weighed as much as a ton each. They were usually quarried locally or in nearby Shropshire, although some could be imported from France and other parts of Europe.
They were trimmed or "Picked" regularly to keep them sharp to grind the flour fine. Coarse ground flour fermented faster. Differently cut millstones ground the flour into different consistencies and different kinds of products.
Millers and specific schedules for filling produce in season and the farmer waited until the specified day to bring his load in. A mill could be a dangerous place--during the grinding process, a fine dust floated in the air called stive, and this could be ignited by a spark form the stones if they did not fit just right. There was also a danger of gasses from decomposed flour or grain stored on the premises. Other hazards were the mill wheel with its power drive of interlocking cogs and the mill pond where Job's father drowned.
The Mormon missionaries were preaching in the vicinity. Mrs Banford listened to their messages with an earnest heart and knew it to be true, but her husband could not accept of this new faith as readily. But, she had made up her mind, that she was going to be baptized, although he and asked her not to. I was 18 years of age my mother was converted [to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints].
Because her second husband was much against her baptism and in the dead of night she had to steal our of the house to be baptized. On the evening while resting after his long day at the gristmill, he dreamed his wife was being baptized.
He awake, and dismissed it as an idle dream, and went back to sleep. Again, he had the same dream, but dismissed the thought.
After the third time he dreamed of her baptism, he decided to go see where she was to satisfy himself. As he came into the other room, he met her just coming into the house with her clothes dripping.
She had been baptized in the mill stream. The devil must have hold my stepfather, for he met her with her wet clothes and started beating her, as he was drunk at the time. This was too much for me and we clinched and even he had to admit he had received the licking. He took to drink more than ever, leaving the responsibility of the family on my shoulders... And then it gets really good!About the Job Pingree Company. Job Pingree immigrated to Utah in 1857. While there he served as a part-time missionary. At Florence, Nebraska Territory, 24-year-old Pingree was appointed captain over a company of 33 wagons and 3 or 4 carriages. Most in the company came from St.
Louis, but a few came directly from England. There were about 150 people in the company. Pingree did not submit a roster of his company, drawn from his memory, to the Church Historian's Office until 1916. Oxen pulled most of the wagons except for four or five outfits drawn by horses.There was also at least one span of mules pulling a wagon, and a few cows tagged along. The company left Florence on June 7.
A few in the company suffered accidents even before leaving the outfitting place. One man had to ride in a wagon all the way because his foot was crushed when a horse threw him.
Before leaving, a woman with a painful inflammation in the joint of a finger had the sore opened and the bone scraped. The wound was slow to mend so someone in the company suggested she wrap her finger in a gunpowder poultice to speed healing. One evening as she was lighting a campfire, her poultice caught fire and the gunpowder exploded. She lost the fleshy tip of her finger.
In his book Roughing It, Mark Twain wrote that just east of Independence Rock, his westward-bound stagecoach passed a Mormon train consisting of 33 wagons. Almost certainly this would have been Pingree's company. Twain observed that the emigrants had no head coverings, were covered with dust and looked very tired. Most of the company arrived in Salt Lake on September 2 except for some left behind who straggled in at intervals during the next few days. Pingree reported that there were no accidents "to speak of, " no deaths, and little loss of cattle.
Pingree was asked by Brigham Young how his company had fared. "After I told him, " Pingree recorded, he said I had done just right. The photos and text in this listing are copyrighted. I spend lots of time writing up my descriptions and despise it when un-original losers cut and paste my descriptions in as their own.
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